Liberty: The Original Trendsetter

June 28-July 1: Seattle, WA - University of Washington

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Art, culture, and liberty have been intertwined since the earliest human civilizations. The first written language, Sumerian Cuneiform, contained the first written expression of liberty called an “Amagi” back in 2350 BC. Since that time, people have expressed themes of liberty in every artistic medium from paintings and sculpture, to plays, poems, music, movies, TV, and even reality TV shows. This seminar will look at the ways liberty has influenced art and ways art has influenced liberty. It will also use examples from movies, TV, and literature to teach fundamental principles of liberty and free markets.


June 28

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm:  Welcome and Introductions
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm: Culture as a Spontaneous Order (Dan D’Amico)
5:30 pm – 6:45 pm: Dinner 
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm: Liberty - the Pedestal on which Great Art Lies (Robert Anthony Peters)
June 29
7:00 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast 
8:30 am – 9:45 am: Impression of a Market: The French Rebellion to State Controlled Art (Robert Anthony Peters)
10:00 am – 11:15 am: Ralph vs. Jack: What is Man's True Nature? (Joshua Dunn)
11:30 am – 12:45 pm: Mr. Smith Goes On a Monorail to the West Wing of the House of Cards (Trevor Burrus)
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch 
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm:  Who is John Galt and Why Should you Care? (Adam Mossoff)
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm: Roll over Beethoven: How the Market Modernized Music (Robert Anthony Peters)
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner 
6:30 pm – 7:45 pm: New Men for a New World: Marxism, Libertarianism, and The Hunger Games (Trevor Burrus)
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Social
June 30
7:00 am – 8:00 am: Breakfast 
8:00 am – 10:00 am: Serenity (Movie)
10:15 am – 11:15 am: The Best Laid Plans by Government Always Turn Out to be Reavers! (Joshua Dunn)
11:30 am – 12:45 pm: Intellectual Property, Friend or Foe? (Panel- Dan D’Amico and Adam Mossoff)
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch 
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm:  From Mayberry to “The Wire:”  The Collapse of American Criminal Justice (Trevor Burrus)
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm: Is Freedom Life’s Great Lie? Loki vs. Tocqueville (Joshua Dunn)
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner 
6:30 pm – 7:45 pm: Economics is Everywhere, Bro (Dan D’Amico)
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Social
July 1
7:00 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast 
7:00 am – 11:30 am: Students Depart

Applications are now closed.

Participant Testimonials

"At FEE, I was first exposed to ideas that would inspire the rest of my time in university, and eventually my career." - Zachary Caceres

"[I really enjoyed this] opportunity to learn about not only what is happening in America, but throughout the world. FEE's goal is to 'inspire, educate, and connect' and I'm proud to say it has achieved all that and more with me." - Jeanette H.

"This seminar has provided me with the knowledge necessary to educate my peers and support an educated, non-biased argument for free market economics." - Santana W.

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